EMDR Two-day workshop: new developments and applications

Tid: 3 & 4 February 2020 9.00-16.30

Utbildare: Hellen Hornsveld (EMDR Consultant and Trainer, Netherlands)

Participants: EMDR therapists who have been using EMDR with a range of client difficulties in their
clinical practice for some time. The workshop aims to address challenges that practitioners are encountering in their EMDR work, as well as extend their knowledge and skills. Video material, case discussions and exercises will be used throughout and questions will be encouraged.

Plats: Malmö

Pris: 3270 exk. moms, inklusive för- och  eftermiddagsfika

The workshop can accommodate a maximum of 20 participants.  

Biographical background
Hellen Hornsveld, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, researcher and ex-university lecturer (Utrecht University) from the Netherlands. She is an EMDR Europe Consultant (since 2004) and Trainer (since 2010). Hellen has specialized in the working mechanisms of EMDR, personality disorders, eating disorders, and addiction. She has written and contributed to many articles and books on these topics. Hellen frequently presents at international conferences and serves on a number of editorial boards. She was one of the founders of the Dutch EMDR Association and served as a board member until 2015. Hellen is now a self-employed trainer, therapist, and researcher. She consults on and teaches EMDR in the Netherlands and abroad.

Day One

Morning. The EMDR Standard Protocol and flashforwards.

Hellen Hornsveld will draw on contemporary developments in EMDR in Europe and the US, as well on current research on the working mechanisms of EMDR.  The implications for clinical practice will be made clear by case presentation and video demonstration. One of the new developments is the use of EMDR in so-called flashforwards: recurrent, intrusive visual images about potential future catastrophes. Trough practical exercises participants will learn how to identify flashforwards, how to distinguish them from future templates, and how to treat them with EMDR.


Afternoon.  EMDR in anxiety disorders.

The rule of thumb for anxiety disorders is: first , worst,  most recent.  A more sophisticated model of case conceptualization for phobias and other anxiety disorders is presented, based on learning theory, the three-pronged method of Francine Shapiro and flashforwards. Hellen will address on common mistakes and participants will be encouraged to share areas of their practice that they find challenging.  Participants will exercise in pairs on case conceptualization in anxiety disorders.

Day Two

Morning. Complex trauma, multiple T-trauma and dissociation

In the morning the focus will be on severely damaged patients, whose history often involves multiple aversive and painful childhood experiences; interpersonal violence and/ or sexual trauma. The workshop will focus on building appropriate EMDR treatment plans for such patients. Main issues are a) preparation and stabilization b) clustering the traumatic material and where to start c) how to deal with abreactions and dissociation during EMDR reprocessing. Recent initiatives to offer intensive trauma focused therapy (two consecutive week with15 hours EMDR a week) will be discussed.  Participants are invited to present own case material.

Afternoon: EMDR for traumarelated entrenched negative self-image

For many patients, especially those with complex PTSD and/ or personality disorders, multiple events have led to the development of dominant meanings that constitute the dysfunctional “core beliefs” of the person. Thus a client’s symptom pattern is driven by a range of memories that in turn contribute to a particular (negative) belief about how the world works and who he or she is in the world.

We will explore a model for case conceptualization that will assist EMDR therapists in the identification of memories that underlie clients’ dysfunctional core beliefs and in the selection of relevant targets for EMDR reprocessing.  

Practice: Role-playing on the basis of on difficult case material